What poultry operations should know about Salmonella and food safety

Poultry operators know just how important it is to be diligent in managing disease threats among birds — especially those that could result in foodborne illness.

While many diseases that once posed a large threat to the food industry have been all but eliminated in the U.S., Salmonella continues to threaten poultry health and public safety. It is ranked as one of the top 10 most costly foodborne illnesses, costing the food system more than $1 billion each year.1 Salmonella-related infections can be traced back for generations, while the pathogens that cause them continue to occur even today.

Management practices that include a reliable vaccination regimen help lower the chance of a Salmonella outbreak. Zoetis offers both modified-live and inactivated vaccines that give producers tools to use against Salmonella infections.

This site is designed to be a resource for poultry operations as they consider the threat of Salmonella and take appropriate steps to help minimize risk.

1Batz MB, Hoffmann S, Morris JG Jr. Ranking the risks: The 10 pathogen-food combinations with the greatest burden on public health. Gainesville, Florida: Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, 2011.

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